Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 by his Big Bash franchise Melbourne Renegades after his controversial interview with Mel McLaughlin. Mel is a reporter for Channel Ten, who owns the telecast rights for the Big Bash in Australia.
The team management made it clear that Gayle won’t be suspended and has termed it an one off situation and added that Gayle’s behaviour in the previous Big Bash matches has been good. However the team management did not defend this act of Gayle.
Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry, in a statement, has termed it inappropriate and disrespectful and added this doesn’t own a place in the sport. Melbourne Renegades will extend an official apology to Mel McLaughlin. Also, Stuart added that Mel has been an outstanding sports presenter and they rate him high. ‘We will make sure to behave in a more professional and respectful manner with her’, he added.
The fine imposed on Chris Gayle will be donated to McGrath foundation as today is Jane McGrath Day, who was Glenn McGrath’s wife and died of cancer. The 3rd day of the 1st Sydney Test every year is termed as Jane MCGrath Day and people turn up in pink colour to support it. The foundation aims to raise money to help breast cancer patients.
Talking of Gayle, this is not the first time that he has been involved in such incidents and even Gayle feels that this incident has been blown out of proportion. The incident has not been welcomed by many journalists and there has been an outrage regarding the same on social media.
Melbourne Renegades won their previous match against Hobart Hurricanes, which proved to be a one sided affair. Renegades openers, Gayle and Finch, ensured that Hurricanes have no chance of coming back in the match after having scored a modest total in the first innings